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  • Shared Experiences

    I've just being diagnosed with mild depression and wondering if Vitamin B6 and B12 supplements could be used as a treatment for it?

    A John Hopkins Health Alert, posted in Nutrition and Weight Control section on Oct 19th 2011, has a suggestion that Vit. B 6 and B 12 may protect against depression in older adults.

    I wonder what others think ?.  Has anyone tried supplementing these vitamins and what may the side effects be ?.

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    • Jenny T.
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    I guess that you are referring to this;

    It is interesting but seems to refer mainly to older people.

    I can't find anything in PubMed (search string “depression” AND “vitamin” AND “B6” AND “B12”) which suggests that it is general.

    I am not saying that eating well is not an important part of dealing with depression - that has certainly been my experience .

  • Jenny T.

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    Thanks for the follow-up and the ‘original’ report link, kiwi33.

    Just accepting a diagnosis of ‘mild depression’ and looking at all possibilities for cause or treatment.

    I'll keep looking.


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